Right about now, 3pm, you start to get a little grumpy and as I like to say, a little loopy. You’re feeling sluggish and you’re nowhere near as alert as you were 3 hours ago. You could reach for another cup of coffee or you could pop a piece of gum.
New research from Brain and Cognition show that chewing may increase your alertness by 10%. They think chewing increases blood flow to the brain making you snap out of your haze a little faster. You can achieve the same effect by chewing a number of things, but gum can satisfy your sweet tooth without making you pack on the pounds.